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ACCC sets out terms for Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry

The Australian competition watchdog will examine how water markets' participants behave and what impact they have on water prices, as well as the extent to which the markets' original objectives have been achieved.

PSP to take Australia’s Webster private in A$724m deal

Canadian pension fund PSP has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares in Webster, Australia’s largest walnut producer and a significant holder of water entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin.

PwC research to target agri investment in northern Australia

A government-backed research project aims to examine the risks associated with agricultural development in the region and help ‘outline a clear path’ for investors.

Gladstone buys $33m pistachio farm, flags larger Q4 deal

Grower-tenant Rod Stiefvater says the adjustment to California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is just getting underway and will transform regional ag 'dramatically.'

Murray-Darling Basin water prices rise by 139% to reach all-time high

Consultant Aither found the average monthly water allocation price was A$550/ML, with entitlement values also ‘well above’ previous records.

LGIAsuper hires new CIO from Equip Super

A$13bn LGIAsuper has tapped Troy Rieck to take over as new CIO, leaving the same role at Melbourne-based Equip Super.
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Blue Sky’s former MD: ‘Agriculture in Australia doesn’t suit listed vehicles’

Blue Sky’s real assets division is transferred to Oaktree ownership, with rebranded Blue Sky Water Partners set to carry out investment management operations.
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Michael Blakeney joins ex-Blue Sky directors at Riparian Capital Partners – exclusive

The newly-established fund manager has brought in Blakeney to lead its diversified agri strategy, which will invest in water, farmland and private equity-style agricultural assets.

RRG brings in $225m for water vehicle

Chief operating officer Nicole Neeman Brady told the Global Climate Action Plan Summit late last year that government support for the solar industry provided a useful model for fostering private water investments.

Kilter Rural CEO: Environment can benefit from ag investing

Cullen Gunn says investing in agriculture and improving the environment can be achieved simultaneously as his firm continues targeting A$500m for its Australian Farmlands Fund.
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